At St Mark’s Church of England Aided Primary School we believe that every child has the right to achieve, within a caring, happy environment based on Christian values where every member of our community is shown respect.
A happy school – Care and respect for each other
We want our school community to show care and respect to one another and promote these values through worship, the curriculum and our school ‘Golden Rules.’ Children are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility and teamwork in many ways, including learning through play, circle time, working with peers, the school council, prefects and playground monitors.
The rounded pupil – Care for the individual
We have high expectations of the children, catering for children of all abilities, enabling them to be actively involved in their own learning and achieve within a broad curriculum. Great value is placed upon motivating and supporting children through the use of different teaching and learning styles and providing a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities.
A healthy and active school – care for the whole child
We have been awarded the ‘Healthy Schools’ award because of our emphasis on the needs of the whole child. St Mark’s playground is an active one where activities are zoned and led by staff, volunteers and children. Children across the school can take part in numerous sports clubs and activities. Healthy eating, fruit snacks and drinking of water are encouraged as well as the use of brain gym.
An open, welcoming school– care and respect for the community
We have strong links with St Mark’s Church, holding year group services in the church alongside the parish clergy leading regular acts of worship in school. We are an open school and welcome parent and family helpers as well as students and volunteers on work placements. Good use is made of links with local places of interest and other community resources.
A Green School- Care and Respect for the World
Our school ‘Green Team’ promote recycling and development of the school grounds. We study different environmental, cultural and world issues through the curriculum including the teaching of modern foreign languages. We promote and collect for a local or international charity once each term.
A school of the future – care for tomorrows' needs
Children starting at St Mark’s in reception will be the young adults of the world in the 2020s. We aim to link the best of existing practice with the use of new technology. Our computer network and interactive whiteboards means that ICT is becoming embedded into our teaching and learning to provide the children with skills needed in the future.